Online Assessment of Prior Learning

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At Ferris, your service and experience matter!

Ferris State University is committed to helping students attain the education they need to achieve a better life and contribute to the communities in which they live. At Ferris, we understand that not all learning happens in the classroom. Whether your learning took place through employment, military service, non-credit trainings or volunteer experiences, you bring unique skills and valuable knowledge that will contribute to the Ferris community and help you create the future you want. The Online Assessment of Prior Learning (APL) will help you find, sort, and present learning from your experiences in a way that can help you earn credits, which means you may spend less time to earn your degree and incur less student debt.

Ways You Can Earn Credit

There are a number of ways you can earn credit through APL:

  • Learning documented on an official document like a professional training certificate or a military Joint Services Transcript (JST). To access a list of the current course equivalencies click here
  • Proficiency exams either administered by a professional testing service or by the Ferris College from which you seek credit. 
  • The Assessment of Prior Learning Portfolio. This portfolio helps you frame your experiences as learning and build the case for how your learning and experience can help contribute to your own education and the culture of Ferris.

How to Get Started

You can begin by registering for the APL course in Canvas Collaborate. This will be a separate login from the Canvas login that you use for your Ferris courses. This Canvas account can be used to access your APL information and the portfolio creation modules anytime. Once your Canvas registration is completed, you will begin working with the Office Of Transfer and Secondary School Partnerships to begin creating your online portfolio. The APL is designed to be self-paced to fit the needs of each student working through the process. Your portfolio may take two weeks to complete or even two months. The pace is set by you, the student. While the process requires research and writing, and will require a commitment from you, it can save you valuable time and money towards completing your degree. Additionally, the process can help you gain a much greater appreciation for all that you have done and learned, and how you can contribute to your educational experience and your current or future employment opportunities.  

Are you ready to get started? I am looking forward to working with you!

Contact Information

Dr. Deedee Stakley
Director, Office of Transfer and Secondary School Partnerships
Ferris State University
Email: [email protected]